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Wisdom – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

WISDOM, n. s as z. [G. See Wise.]

1. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect, or practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to prosperity or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom, is nearly synonymous with discretion. I differs somewhat from prudence, in this respect; prudence is the exercise of sound judgment in avoiding evils; wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. Prudence then is a species, of which wisdom is the genus.

Wisdom gained by experience, is of inestimable value.

It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom; that they will yield every thing to reason, and refuse every thing to force.

2. In Scripture, human learning; erudition; knowledge of arts and sciences.

Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. Acts 7.

3. Quickness of intellect; readiness of apprehension; dexterity in execution; as the wisdom of Bezaleel and Aholiab. Exo 31.

4. Natural instinct and sagacity. Job 39.

5. In Scripture theology, wisdom is true religion; godliness; piety; the knowledge and fear of God, and sincere and uniform obedience to his commands. This is the wisdom which is from above. Psa 90. Job 28.

6. Profitable words or doctrine. Psa 37. 

The wisdom of this world, mere human erudition; or the carnal policy of men, their craft and artifices in promoting their temporal interests; called also fleshly wisdom. 1 Cor 2. 2 Cor 1.

The wisdom of words, artificial or affected eloquence; or learning displayed in teaching. 1 Cor 1 and 2.

Beloved, talking about the wisdom gained from God fearing or piety. 
Who is the wise? The wise is the one who makes laudable choice and  makes his soul pleasant unto the knowledge of God to avoid evil. 
We all know that before a man can gain wisdom, he needs knowledge, and before knowledge is gotten, there should be understanding and using it rightly, justly and persistently will make you wise. 
The fear of God produces knowledge.
Proverbs 1:7
[7]The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
But there are some quality of one fearing God. 
1.A God fearing person is someone who loves God and keeps His words. 
Joshua 23:11
[11]Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
John 14:15
[15]If ye love me, keep my commandments.
2. A God fearing is someone who seeks  the steps of God (King) that he will not fall into His wrath.
3. A God fearing person is someone who submit Himself under God’s authority and will and walk in the ordinance of God.
This is a righteous man. 
Proverbs 2:5-7
[5]Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
[6]For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
[7]He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
 Beloved without wisdom, you can never do the will of God nor overcome the devil to live a just life. 
The wise sees the day of evil
 approaching and escape as the word of God gives him knowledge. 
Psalms 90:12
[12]So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Proverbs talks about wisdom as a personality. 
Before a man can be wise, he needs the word of God. 
Without the word of God, there is no wisdom. 
For it is given unto us, for there is a purpose of the word of God and it is all about making us perfect and the will of God stand. 
Isaiah 55:10-11
2 Timothy 3:16-17
[16]All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17]That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Beloved without the word of God, you can never be wise. For the fool despise the knowledge of God and the foolish through ignorance says there is no God. 
The personality of wisdom talks about God’s words. 
Proverbs 1:20-23
[20]Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
[21]She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
[22]How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
[23]Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Here Solomon, the  eclecia talked about wisdom as a personality without body. 
As you listen to the word of God and accept it with faith, you gain the understanding as God’s Spirit reveals the the truth unto you that you will know how to walk in this darkened world and live in peace. 
Anyone who lacks knowledge falls or perish.
For through the Spirit of God who gives us understanding of the word of God, the mysteries which talks about things that are afore us and how we can be saved to escape the
 judgement of God.
For the foolish is condemned already because they seek not the knowledge of God and have not the word in them.
Jesus Christ rebuked those who did not attained to His knowledge or the word of God. 
For their heart was slow to believe and they couldn’t walk with the word by ignorance and doubt . 
Luke 24:25-26
[25]Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
[26]Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
The word of God gives you as the personality of wisdom gives you or make you;
1. Understanding the ways of God
Proverbs 2:4-5
[4]If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
[5]Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
If you seek for wisdom, then you shall know the ways of God. 
This personality of WISDOM makes you understand the word of God.
2. Delivers your soul from evil
When the knowledge of God is pleasant unto your soul, it delivers you from divers trap of the enemy and sins. 
When the word of God is enlighten to you, you walk wisely as you reject the things that God hate to escape His wrath. 
That is why the word says ” a wise man will hear and increase learning” 
So as you give your self to punctual studies to know the word of God, it will deliver you always from all evil. 
Proverbs 2:12-20
[12]To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
[13]Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
[14]Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
[15]Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
[16]To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
[17]Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
[18]For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
[19]None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
[20]That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
The word of God will teach you the right choices and this will deliver you from the snare of the Fowler and from the noisome pestilence. 
For as you give your self to continuous studies, the word of God will let you know(knowledge)  the kinds of people to walk with in order to escape destructions.
Proverbs 1:10
[10]My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Joseph escaped from the scheme of Potiphar’s wife because, knowledge was pleasant unto his soul thence that delivered him from destruction. 
If he had slept with the woman, the grace of God upon His life and purpose wouldn’t be accomplished. 
He knew the ways of God and because of the fear he had for God , he flee away. 
This is wisdom giving deliverence to the soul. 
Joseph knew the ways of God of his father’s and the law and the ordinances He gave them. So for him to be successful despite the plight he passed through , he has to holdfast to the faith (the word of God)
God has given us the free will to do whatever we like, but through His word, has given us the right path. 
In life, everything is about choice and your choice makes you. 
Deuteronomy 30:19-20
[19]I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
[20]That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
It is only right choice that will give you live. 
Wisdom gives you discretion. 
Joseph hated and rejected the evil requested from him by his master’s wife. 
Through wisdom God gave all those who follow Him protection and liberty. 
There are many who depends on their wisdom  and knowledge from facts or Philosophies and rejects the word of God which man can gain through faith in the Spirit of God hence God prove their ways foolishness. 
How can they be repeating the past mistakes of their forefathers? 
This is because, they’ve hated the knowledge of God and are not willing to learn about the past of their fathers and how it ended with them . 
Sins that our forefathers practice which made the Lord’s wrath fall upon them.
This help you make right choices in life but humans wisdom will continue to be foolish, for the end of every flesh is foolishness in the sight of God. 
How can countries be engaging and homosexuality? 
Is it because they are developed, are they having hipe, all understanding? 
But God has made their wisdom foolishness and the end of it is vanity upon vanity. They have no hope after death. 
Romans 1:19-28
[19]Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
[20]For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
[21]Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
[22]Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
[23]And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
[24]Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
[25]Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
[26]For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
[27]And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
[28]And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
1 Corinthians 2:7-16
[7]But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
[8]Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
[9]But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
[10]But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
[11]For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
[12]Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
[13]Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
[14]But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
[15]But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
[16]For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Because they decided not to know the ways of God, they are made fools by God. 
1 Corinthians 1:18-21
[18]For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
[19]For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
[20]Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
[21]For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
The key factor of this wisdom is for the salvation of your soul. 
1 Corinthians 3:19-21
[19]For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
[20]And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
[21]Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
They don’t know Christ to be the saviour of their soul. 
They reject the saviour of the soul and see Him to be nothing. 
John 14:6
[6]Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
They have rejected the way to the Father, the life (eternity) and the truth of God and good news which also reveals the true word of God. 
What if upon all the wisdom the worldly people claim to have and after that they loose their soul? 
There is no rest for them, no salvation for their soul, this is because they are blind and cannot see death in the Spirit that they are not connected to God and the truth . 
2 Peter 1:5-9
[5]And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
[6]And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
[7]And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
[8]For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[9]But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Knowledge of God is the light of the world. 
Beloved , let us seek for wisdom and we will save our souls and live in peace in Jesus name. 
May the glory of the Lord be upon you in Jesus name. 
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